14 Nov 2010
Unknown Pleasures: Celebrate Joy Division 
Peter Hook's The Light end the year with select tour of Italy before going coast to coast across the USA performing Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures. Whilst further international dates are planned for 2011, these are likely to be the only extensive visits to these countries.

Italy - November

Thu 25 - Magazzini, Milan
Fri 26 - New Age, Treviso
Sat 27 - Romaeuropa, Brancaleone, Rome

USA - December

Wed 1 - 9.30 Club, Washington
Thu 2 - Voyeur, Philadelphia
Fri 3 - Webster Hall, New York
Sat 4 - Royale, Boston
Sun 5 - Double Door, Chicago
Tue 7 - Showbox at the Market, Seattle
Thu 9 - Doug Fir Lounge, Portland
Fri 10 - Mezzanine, San Francisco
Sat 11 - The Music Box, Hollywood, Los Angeles

More details at Peter Hook's MySpace.

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

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